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Oyster Creek Nuke Plant Back Online

Generic Nuclear Power Plant File Photo (credit: AP)

Generic Nuclear Power Plant File Photo (credit: AP)

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – The nation’s oldest operating nuclear plant is back online following a month-long outage for refueling and maintenance.

The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township returned to service at 7:18 a.m. Thursday.

Workers replaced both of the plant’s main power transformers, refueled the reactor and did maintenance that can only be performed while the unit is offline.

The transformer replacement cost $33 million.

Another $13.3 million is being spent on underground piping work to deal with a tritium leak on plant grounds.

Oyster Creek produces 636 megawatts of electricity an hour, enough to power 600,000 homes.

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